Richie and Max, by Croke Park and the Royal Canal

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It’s a Friday afternoon. I’m down beside the Royal Canal, taking photos of Croke Park, the Irish gaelic sports stadium.

A bloke with a dog walks past.

"Hey mister, can you take pictures of dogs with that camera?"

"Uh, yeah, I could, I suppose"

"Can you take a picture of Max? He’s only seven months old, and me last dog was killed by a car."

"Ah. My sister’s dog was killed by a car two weeks ago. Staffy-whippet cross"

"Right. Very intelligent then", taps his head, meaninfully.

I get him to write down his address. Hey gets a bit confused doing it.

"Sorry man, I had a big operation on my head, and I get mixed up", takes off his baseball cap, shows me criss-cross collection of scars all over his crown and down to his chin.

When I got Richie and max to stay still long enough, I managed to get some photos. I’m posting them to Richie. Hope he puts them on his wall

Chief Bottle Washer at Blather
Writer, photographer, environmental campaigner and "known troublemaker" Dave Walsh is the founder of, described both as "possibly the most arrogant and depraved website to be found either side of the majestic Shannon River", and "the nicest website circulating in Ireland". Half Irishman, half-bicycle. He lives in southern Irish city of Barcelona.